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I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet
I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet is the latest boutique to feature on our 'Babe's who inspire us' blog series! In the heart of 1960's swinging London was this wonderland of Victorian style clothing with a main focus on military uniforms!
"Eric Clapton was the first one to buy a military jacket early in 1966 when Cream's first album came out.
I'm sitting there one morning and in walked John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Cynthia Lennon. And I didn't know whether I was hallucinating… but it was real. And Mick Jagger bought a red Grenadier guardsman drummer's jacket, probably for about £4-5."
"So Mick Jagger bought this tunic and wore it on Ready Steady Go when the Stones closed the show by performing Paint it Black. The next morning there was a line of about 100 people wanting to buy this tunic… and we sold everything in the shop by lunchtime."
The name 'Lord Kitchener's Valet' was thought up by Ian Fisk just because we sold Victoriana. It conjured up images of Edwardian smoking jackets, top hats and canes and Birdcage Walk on Sunday - pure nostalgia.
"With incense burning, it was great, like paradise, you didn't know who was going to walk through the door."
Snippets from the interview with Robert Orbach in 2006. Read the full interview here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/robert-orbach/